** New Final Finish-Line Stretch Goal: $3,400**
Thank you everyone for being so generous with your pledges! The Amazing Cynicalman crowdfunding campaign ends 11pm Monday night (Sept 16)! I'm going to offer one more mind-blowing incentive... if the campaign hits $3,400, I'll post a private link to this video on YouTube for Indiegogo contributors only!!
Now you can see it happen at super speed! Watch a half-hour job take only 3 minutes and 30 seconds! It'll be be posted on YouTube with some jazzy music for your eyes only if we hit $3,400 before Monday night!
So spread the word! Do your Christmas shopping early! Tell your favorite retailer about the 5 for $40 perk!
Brian Eno once said, “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.”
The Amazing Cynicalman series has been sort of like that. The stick figure adventures of America’s Laid Off Superhero have inspired countless readers since 1980 to pick up a pen and attempt something they never thought possible... create their own comics.
As a weekly newspaper and web comic strip, the Amazing Cynicalman has been spread out over a wide audience. Each strip evaporates when a new one comes along to replace it. With all the strips in one book, people will have a chance to be immersed in a permanent collection that can live on for years in bookstores, libraries and ephemera shops, inspiring more cartoonists for generations to come.
The Amazing Cynicalman, Vol. 2 will be my second book of Cynicalman weeklies. The first one came out in 2003. People who were in middle school when they first saw it now have kids of their own!
The new book will be 160 pages, cover price $15, offset printed on 50-pound bright white paper, perfect bound, with a color cover, ISBN, UPC... the works! A beautiful book that will be an impressive addition to any library or bookstore... or to your own bookshelf.
This will reprint every page of the Amazing Cynicalman comic strip from the end of book one right up to the present day.
You’ll find historical oddities like my jokes about the stock market crash and the Obama election. You’ll get to see all your favorite Cynicalman supporting characters again like Stupid Boy, Antisocialman and CuteGirl...and you’ll get to meet new characters like Maw & Paw Headbanger, Ken Tucky and Marlene Brando.
To help with the printing and distribution costs I would like to raise $850 through Indiegogo. The book is all laid out and ready for the printer. I’ve met with a printer here in Michigan and have a job quote for 2000 copies. I’m putting in money from sales of the first book and I just need $850 from Indiegogo contributors to roll the presses!
For your pledge of $20, you get your choice of one the following three perks:
- A copy of the book, signed, with a sketch on the title page,
delivered to your door by a uniformed federal employee by way of our national
- A color print of the cover artwork, suitable for framing, but without the logo and type so you can see all the missing pieces. And it comes with a handy character key so you can identify everybody in the picture and look for them in the book!
- A page of Cynicalman weekly original art! These are pen & ink on bristol and come with the marker paper underdrawing and a print of the finished Photoshop piece that appeared in the paper. (Quantities are limited.)
Pick any two for $40, or get all three for $60!
Additionally, if you run a store, teach a class, or have a Christmas shopping list... you can get 5 copies of the book for a pledge of $40!
[ * STRETCH GOAL: If total pledges reach $2,450, every perk from the $20 level on up will get a bonus "Stick Figure Seurat" color print. Even if you only picked the cover print, you will end up getting BOTH prints for your $20 pledge! ]
[*NEW SUPER STRETCH GOAL: If total pledges reach $3,400, every perk of any amount will include a private link to the YouTube video inspired by Matt Madden's Exercises in Style! Check your email for Indiegogo updates! They may be routed to your spam folder so check that, too!]
Everybody who pledges any amount, $2 and up, gets a signed, highly collectible thank you card with an original Cynicalman sketch!
And as a contributor, you’ll get your name listed in the book itself on the “Thanks to our Crowd Source” page!
Last but not least, at the one-time-only, $300 level, I’ve
assembled a collection of 46 first printings and early editions of Cynicalman
and other Not Available minicomics going back to 1982. Some of these are the
last doubles in my stash of file copies so this will be the last time a
collection of this magnitude will be available in one place!
Here’s a partial list, of titles and printings. click here for a complete list :
- Cynicalman 1–3, 5, 6, 8–13
- CM King Size Annual #1
- CM King Size Annual #2
- ““Hamtramck vs. Godzilla" (CM Vol2, #1, reprints
the first CM weeklies)
- Understanding Minicomics
- Not Available Comics 19–22 (Early CuteGirl comics:)
- CuteGirl #1–3
- Antisocialman #1–3, 5, 6
- Antisocialman Annual 1
- Stup!d Boy #1, 2, 4, 5
- Fightin’ Guys #1, 2
- Ant Boy! #1
- Board of Superheros #1
- 5 O’Clock Shadow #1
Plus I’m going to give you one last mind-blowing
collectible: My original worn-out but still impressive looking Swingline SF-15
This was purchased in 1984 from a Raleigh, NC, office supply store and used mercilessly to assemble every minicomic I ever published from 1984 to 2008. Tens of thousands at least! Every issue of Cynicalman, every Stup!dBoy, every chapter of Death of Antisocialman, every Understanding Minicomics, the first edition of ZOT! in Dimension 10-1/2... they all bear the imprint of this rugged hunk of Made-In-USA heavy metal!
It’s got my name and my last three phone numbers written on the bottom, a tattered 1984 Cynicalman “Big Deal” sticker on the front, chipped paint and rusty metal from years of heavy use and frequent trips to comic cons in airline baggage (those were the days!), and I’ll supply a signed and stamped Letter of Authenticity for the utmost in archival sweetness. This belongs in a museum!
(Disclaimer: You have to special order staples for the SF-15 and it’s bent from years of right-handed stapling and suitcase travel so it seldom delivers satisfactory results even with the right consumables. You probably don’t want to use this thing for stapling any more.)
© Matt Feazell, 2013 e-mail